Currently alive, at 71 years of age.
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1846 – He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, USA on the 15th of October.
1960 – The two attempted to launch a musical career but failed to gain a successful recording deal until the decade’s end.
1966 – In May, Karen joined Richard in attending a late-night session in the garage studio of L.A. bassist Joe Osborn, where Richard was to accompany an auditioning trumpet player.
1970 – Richard and Karen finally broke through with the release of the Burt Bacharach-Hal David song "(They Long to Be) Close to You", which rose to #1 and stayed atop the pop charts for four weeks.
1970-1971 – They won three Grammy Awards during their career (Best New Artist, and Best Pop Performance by a Duo, Group, or Chorus, for "Close to You" and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for the LP Carpenters in.
1973 – The Carpenters were voted Best Band, Duo, or Group (Pop/Rock) at the first annual American Music Awards.
1983 – On the morning of Friday, February 4, at the age of 32, Karen suffered cardiac arrest at her parents’ home in Downey and was taken to Downey Community Hospital,) where she was pronounced dead twenty minutes later. Karen was planning to sign her divorce papers on the day she died.
– On the 12th of October, the Carpenters received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a few yards from the Kodak Theater. Richard, Harold, and Agnes Carpenter attended the inauguration, as did many fans.